Each year one player is deemed the Most Valuable Player of the Super Bowl. But what happens to that player the following season -- is he able to build on the honor or does he tend to hit a slump? As you wonder how Aaron Rodgers will do in the 2011 season, take a look at how the past 10 Super Bowl MVPs have fared since claiming the honor.
2010: Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints Brees, completed 32 of 39 passes for 288 yards and two touchdowns, on the way to leading the Saints over the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 in Super Bowl XLIV. His 32 completions tied a Super Bowl record set by Tom Brady in Super Bowl XXXVIII. This past season he followed that up with 4,620 yards passing and 33 touchdowns, leading the Saints to an 11-5 record and a wild card spot in the playoffs. The team lost on the road in the first round, dropping a 41-36 game to the Seattle Seahawks despite Brees' 404 yards and two touchdowns.
2009: Santonio Homes, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers Holmes helped the Steelers to a last-minute comeback over the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII by catching a game-winning touchdown to cap off a nine-catch, 131-yard performance. Holmes surpassed his 2008-09 season numbers the following season, again catching five touchdowns and upping his receiving yards from 821 to 1,248. However, the Steelers struggled on their way to a 9-7 record, just barely missing the playoffs on a tiebreaker.
2008: Eli Manning, QB, NY Giants After leading the New York Giants to an upset victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, Eli Manning took the Giants back to the playoffs the next season. In his 2008-09 campaign, Manning threw for 3,238 yards, 21 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. His quarterback rating improved as well, jumping to 86.4 from 73.9 in 2007-08.
2007: Peyton Manning, QB, Indianapolis Colts Peyton Manning finally got his ring when he led the Colts to a victory over the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI. The following season Manning posted comparable stats to his Super Bowl-winning 2006-07 campaign, recording 4,040 passing yards (4,397 yards in 2006-07), 31 touchdowns (same as the year before), 14 interceptions (up from nine in 2006-07) and a QB rating of 98 rating (down from 101 the previous year).
2006: Hines Ward, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers Hines Ward caught five passes for 123 yards and a touchdown in Pittsburgh's victory over Seattle in Super Bowl XL en route to being named the game's MVP. The following season, in 2006-07, Hines turned in solid performances throughout the regular season, tallying 975 yards and 74 catches. He scored six touchdowns, which was down from 11 in 2005-06. In 2008, Ward's performance soared. He recorded 1,043 receiving yards, which was his highest output since the 2003 season.
2005: Deion Branch, WR, New England Patriots Deion Branch helped the New England Patriots win their third NFL title in four seasons in Super Bowl XXXIX. The receiver tallied a record-tying 11 receptions for 133 yards in his MVP performance. Branch built on his MVP performance and tallied 998 yards in the 2005-06 season. He later joined the Seattle Seahawks in 2006.
2004: Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady won his second MVP award -- and his second in three years -- when he led the New England Patriots to a victory over Carolina in Super Bowl XXXVIII. In the outing, he tallied 354 passing yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Brady was solid the following season, recording a 92.6 QB rating -- which was higher than his number the previous year -- and he passed for 3,692 yards, 28 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
2003: Dexter Jackson, FS, Tampa Bay Safety Dexter Jackson helped Tampa Bay defeat Oakland in Super Bowl XXXVII. Jackson recorded two interceptions en route to earning MVP honors, becoming just the second safety to ever win the honor. Jackson's defensive prowess continued into the next season when he tallied a career-high six interceptions.
2002: Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots Playing in the first Super Bowl after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the New England Patriots defeated the St. Louis Rams to win their first Super Bowl. Brady, who set the Patriots up for the game-winning field goal, was named the MVP. He recorded 145 yards and a touchdown in the outing. In the 2002-03 season, Brady posted superb offensive numbers, tallying 3,764 yards and 28 touchdowns.
2001: Ray Lewis, LB, Baltimore Ray Lewis became the first linebacker on a winning team to earn MVP honors when he received the award after Baltimore's victory over the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV. Lewis recorded 11 tackles, six assists and blocked four passes in the game. Lewis continued to star on defense the following season, earning his sixth Pro Bowl selection.